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Usually sideboard instead of main. Normally Flametongue is early enough that you don't have to worry with this and Bolt and such covers the rest while being versatile.

Still I normally just go R/W or R/B to be sure I have good removal ready.

I still say 4/5 for being efficient mono-red 1-mana removal. 1-mana removal is *great*, especially in the most aggressive color. You *need* that door open so you can crush skulls!
Posted By: blurrymadness (6/21/2013 10:40:54 AM)


Oh baby. I was so happy when I stumbled upon this card. I didn't even know it existed until I bought the duel deck! It's amazing for french EDH. I can 1-shot zur the enchanter! I'm so happy :D
Posted By: SAUS3 (6/24/2013 9:07:41 AM)


Well the only question is: "is it better that lightning bolt?"
The answer depends on your deck and play style. I tend to lightning bolt creatures rather than players and for that reason,
I might put one of these in my deck.

I did some research and these are the results:
flame slash can hit about 6000 out of 7015 existing creatures.
lightning bolt can hit about 5100 out of 7015 existing creatures.
That means this card can hit about 900 more creatures than lightning bolt. That makes this card 1/6 or 16.7% better at removing creatures!

This seems to make up for its inability to hit players, especially if, like me, you often remove creatures instead of dealing direct damage to players. I give this card 5/5.
Posted By: Lamaboy4 (7/26/2013 5:24:04 AM)


Kill it with fire.
Simple as that.
Better than lightning bolt if you aren't worried about instant speed and dealing damage to players. Still a good, solid card to have.
Posted By: SirLibraryEater (8/22/2013 3:10:34 PM)


Erm, Lightning bolt IS better than this in general. Instant >>>>>>>>>>> Sorcery... thats a fact. and ability to hit players,planeswalkers and creatures is heavily superior to only creatures... Lightning bolt is still THE burn spell.
Posted By: Red-White (10/11/2013 1:52:55 PM)


Maybe it's me, but it looks like Reaper King is getting rocked.
Posted By: XepherXero (10/15/2013 4:57:33 PM)


Not as good as lightning bolt, particularly if you have creatures yourself. Instant speed means you can use a bolt to add damage in the midst of combat. Huge deal when first strike is also involved. Not that this isn't a good burn spell because it is, 1:4 is nice.
Posted By: graey24601 (11/9/2013 9:46:50 PM)


After receiving a reminder of Zendikar's fiery temper and dislike of strangers, the Eldrazi remembered they have double-digit toughness and stomped face unabated.

It was so, so, so, so funny to see someone Top 8 a Legacy tournament with a monored Burn deck packing four of these. Merfolk had just come back in a big way thanks to their new level-up-eriffic lord, but Flame Slash kept the fish down long enough to get a few more Goblin Guide attacks through FTW.

I guess in a sense it's the Coralhelm Commanders that actually had forgotten about Zendikar's fiery temper and dislike of strangers.
Posted By: Salient (1/24/2014 8:21:57 PM)


There's a lot of discussion in these comments about whether this is better than Lightning Bolt. The short answer: it isn't. Instant speed is so much more relevant than the 1 damage especially in formats like modern. You get to knock off enchantments, hold up counterspells, and eot snapcast it like nobody's business. Oh, and bolt hits players and planeswalkers, meaning you can either finish off a damaged opponent or get rid of liliana.

That doesn't make it a bad card, though. Getting 4 damage for 1 mana is impressive, and will kill most creatures you're likely to care about in an aggro deck. I give it 4/5.
Posted By: Aremath (3/27/2014 1:45:19 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!